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The Impact of the Federal Budget Deal on Retirement Plans

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

On February 9, 2018, Congress passed the amended Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. This Act contained provisions impacting retirement plans. Sponsors should decide whether to adjust their plan documents and policies in response...more

Fifth Circuit Decision Results in Surprising Win for Providers of Financial Services

by Winstead PC on

Just as we are tuning in for March Madness, it seems that the Department of Labor (Department) has been dealt the latest upset in the fight to implement its final rule, which regulates certain activities of financial service...more

Fifth Circuit Vacates DOL Fiduciary Rule

by Burr & Forman on

It was the Ides of March for the Obama Administration’s “fiduciary duty rule” that sought to remake much of nation’s financial markets by back-door regulation of anyone dealing with IRA investors. The US Fifth Circuit...more

Fifth Circuit Vacates Controversial DOL Fiduciary Rule

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On March 15, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a decision vacating the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule, the controversial measure requiring brokers and other financial professionals to adopt a “best...more

Fifth Circuit Vacates DOL Fiduciary Rule

In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit vacated the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule, including the expanded definition of “investment advice fiduciary” and the associated exemptions. The...more

IRS Issues Reminder on Required Minimum Distributions Due April 1

Sunday, April 1, 2018, is the deadline for tax-qualified retirement plan participants who had reached at least age 70 ½ and retired in 2017 to commence receiving required minimum distributions (RMDs) of their plan benefits....more

Open MEPs will eventually rise again

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Multiple employer plans (MEPs) are a topic that many plan providers talk about, but don’t really know what’s allowed and what’s not. A multiple employer plan is a plan where unrelated employers adopt a plan and it should...more

Tax Reform's Impact on 401(k) Plan Loan Offset Treatment - Actions for Plan Administrators and Human Resources Benefits Managers

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the Act), enacted on Dec. 22, 2017, contains a few rules that will impact benefit administrators. • This client alert focuses on changes made to the tax treatment of plan loan...more

The Bipartisan Budget Act’s Impact on Retirement Plans

On Friday, February 9, 2018, Congress passed, and the President signed, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (the “Budget Act”). The Budget Act contains a number of provisions that affect qualified retirement plans. Plan...more

2018 Benefits Grab Bag - Tax Reform, Bipartisan Budget Act and Other Items

by Winstead PC on

Even though the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made some changes to how the Internal Revenue Service (the “Service”) is to adjust retirement plan contribution limits late last year, the Service confirmed that the limits on retirement...more

Sudden impact: When a spouse unexpectedly dies

It’s almost impossible to fully prepare for a spouse’s sudden death, but it helps to keep one’s finances organized and communicate with a spouse about these matters. This article offers points to address in the event a spouse...more

IRAs and 401(k)s Are Safe From Judgments – For Now

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

In a recent decision, the South Carolina Court of Appeals considered whether post-judgment contributions to an IRA, 401(k) plan, and a College 529 Plan are exempt from execution....more

UPDATE: US Tax Reform Impacts Roth IRA Conversions

by Morgan Lewis on

The Internal Revenue Service confirms in writing that recharacterizing 2017 Roth IRA conversions will be permitted until October 15, 2018....more

Tax Bill Impacts Tax Treatment of Relocation, Transportation, Other Fringe Benefits

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On Friday, December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the 1,100-page tax bill into law. Although not as drastic as the original House proposal, the bill promises to bring about the most impactful tax reform that plan sponsors...more

US Tax Reform Impacts Roth Individual Retirement Account Conversions

by Morgan Lewis on

HR 1 makes Roth IRA conversion recharacterizations a thing of the past, but is silent on whether recharacterizing 2017 Roth IRA conversions in 2018 will be permitted....more

Did Santa Give the Insurance Industry a Lump of Coal or a Diamond in the Rough? The Proposed Suitability and Best Interest...

by Carlton Fields on

As reported in our November 28 client alert, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ (NAIC) Annuity Suitability Working Group (Suitability WG) circulated the proposed Suitability and Best Interest Standard of...more

The DOL Fiduciary Rule: Charting a Course, Avoiding Collisions & Potential Litigation Q&A #4 - Q&As on Annuity Sales Practices,...

by Carlton Fields on

For the past several months, we have written about potential litigation issues under the “revised temporary” DOL Rule involving the offer and sale of annuities in the IRA market. This article continues that discussion. ...more

Tax Reform: What Does the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Mean for the Transportation, Ports and Maritime Industry?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Act”) was signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 22, 2017. The Act changes many provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, from individual and business provisions, to...more

The Effect of Tax Changes On Transfers from IRAs to Charity

by Bryan Cave on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) eliminated all miscellaneous itemized deductions that are subject to the 2% floor, capped state and local taxes deduction at $10,000, and doubled the standard deduction for single...more

President Trump Signs Tax Reform Bill into Law

On December 15, 2017, the House and Senate conference committee agreed on the terms of the final tax reform bill, previously referred to as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (the “Act”), which was subsequently approved by both...more

ERISA Newsletter - Fourth Quarter 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Editor's Overview - For over two decades, federal law has required covered health plans and insurers to ensure that certain mental health benefits are in parity with offered medical/surgical benefits. The meaning of...more

Much Ado About (Almost) Nothing?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Impact of Tax Reform on Employer-Provided Retirement, Welfare, and Fringe Benefits - The recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts (the “Tax Reform Act”) made significant changes to the Internal Revenue Code. Although there...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “TCJA”), the most comprehensive tax reform passed in decades. The majority of the changes in the TCJA affect individual and corporate income...more

New Tax Law Impact on Individual Deductions

by Bryan Cave on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) eliminated all miscellaneous itemized deductions that are subject to the 2% floor, capped state and local taxes deduction at $10,000, and doubled the standard deduction for single...more

The Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Employee and Fringe Benefits

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act makes some notable, though targeted, changes to the employee benefits landscape. We summarize some of the more significant changes in the Question and Answers set out below....more

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